08 January 2015 – Inmarsat distribution partner OnAir’s full inflight connectivity suite is being installed as line fit on Qatar Airways’ brand new Airbus A350 fleet.
Passengers can now choose between mobile phone connectivity and Wi-Fi using Mobile OnAir or Internet OnAir, powered by Inmarsat SwiftBroadband.
Qatar Airways is the launch customer of the A350-900 and has 80 on order. The airline unveiled the first plane in the fleet in Doha on 7 January. Its maiden commercial flight will be to Frankfurt, Germany this month.
“OnAir’s innovation has ensured that the internal technology matches the ground-breaking work that has gone into the construction of the A350,” said Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir.
“We are helping Qatar Airways give its passengers the most up-to-date solutions which fall in line with passengers’ expectations of a 5-star airline.”
OnAir’s next generation inflight connectivity services, using Inmarsat GX Aviation, will be launched on the A350 in 2016. Inmarsat’s ground-breaking global Ka-band network will provide up to 50Mbs to the aircraft – and deliver a consistent service across the globe.
“OnAir has been at the forefront of the inflight connectivity market since the very beginning. I am very proud that we’re continuing our tradition with another first for the industry with the launch of GX Aviation,” said Ian Dawkins.